Join us in the ongoing protection of Tootgarook Wetland

Published on 18 February 2019

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Tootgarook Wetland provides significant conservation, social and amenity benefits for the Mornington Peninsula and the broader community. 

In May 2018, Council adopted the Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan 2018 seeking to prevent further degradation of the Wetland, promote its values, recognise its role in the Catchment and broader Port Phillip area, and define the key risks to its values.

As part of this Plan, one of the high priorities was to review the extent of the Wetland, identify a buffer zone to the reviewed Wetland extent and develop a management strategy.

Council has engaged ecological experts, Biosis Pty Ltd, to review and prepare the Draft Extent of Tootgarook Wetland Report for public exhibition.

The aim of the report is to provide a  management strategy to help review the existing planning scheme provisions affecting the Wetland, make recommendations to improve and strengthen the Environmental Significance Overlays, and prepare guidelines for the nominated buffer zone.

The management strategy and resultant planning scheme provisions would provide clearer directions for landowners and developers, as well as encourage better protection of the Wetland’s ecological values.

The community are invited to share their feedback on the strategy by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay or attend a community drop-in session on Wednesday 20 March 2019.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “a new planning overlay to control development within and around the Wetland, will help provide clearer policy guidance to ultimately further protect our beautiful wetland”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “this project is another step towards creating greater awareness of the Wetland’s presence and significant ecosystem”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “the Draft Extent of Tootgarook Wetland Report strengthens the commitment to protect the Tootgarook Wetland and contributes to Council’s stewardship and advocacy role in the enhancement and conservation of the Mornington Peninsula’s biodiversity”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin added “community consultation is integral. We encourage the community to provide their thoughts on this next step in protecting and enhancing the Wetland”.

Consultation opens Tuesday 19 February and closes 5pm Friday 5 April 2019.

HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR THOUGHTS

Online
To complete the survey visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay 

Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Drop-in sessions
Wednesday 20 March 2019 at the Tootgarook Community Hall:

  • 10am to 12pm (a 15-minute presentation will commence at 10:30am)
  • 2pm to 4pm (a 15-minute presentation will commence at 2:30pm)
  • 6pm to 8pm (a 15-minute presentation will commence at 6:30pm)

Email
Email your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘Tootgarook Wetland’.

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Attention: Strategic Planning Projects
Re: Tootgarook Wetland 
Mornington Peninsula Shire 
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939